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my pregnancy: week 24

by Heather

I think I’m getting to the point in my pregnancy where the weeks start to meld together. I really have to think about how far along I am when someone asks me, and I also just had to double check that this was in fact, week 24’s update!

Maybe the mommy brain in starting to kick into high gear?


How I’m feeling

This has been a pretty great week so far. Unlike last week’s crazy tired feeling, I feel a lot more energized now. I got a lot more exercise in which I’m sure had something to do with my energy levels.

It’s so the truth, exercise gives you energy! Now, you can work out too much and over train which is bad, but pushing yourself is a good thing.

My only complaint?  Heartburn.  When it lasts for hours I’ve started taking a couple tums, especially if I’m teaching that night.  The last thing I want is heartburn while I teach.  I just can’t believe how uncomfortable heartburn is and that people have to deal with this on a regular basis.


How’s Hunter growing?

We’re back to length again and this little guy is about 1 foot long now. Did you know it’s hard to find corn during the winter? It is. And it’s definitely not as tasty as summer fresh corn.

Here’s what’s going on with our little guy:

Your baby’s growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at just over a pound. Since he’s almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn), he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he’ll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing “branches” of the respiratory “tree” as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon. — from babycenter


My fitness

This past week was a very fitness filled week. Here’s the run down:

Saturday – 3 mile walk with Jacob + Joe
Sunday – rest day (but spent 4 hrs decorating for the body pump launch)
Monday – taught 2 body pump classes for the launch
Tuesday – 2.2 mile run
Wednesday – taught a 60 minute strength training class in the AM then body pump in the PM
Thursday – will teach 60 minute cycle tonight
Friday – will go to 60 minute strength training class

This was definitely a strength heavy week and a week of teaching a lot more classes.

After teaching the 2 body pump classes on Monday I was pretty tired and sore when I got home, but miraculously my run on Tuesday helped fight my stiff legs. The second double strength training day wasn’t as challenging as the first since I had a lot more time in between the two classes.

So my run… it was awesome. Well, other than the instant need to pee and heartburn running up my throat it was a great run. Since I didn’t run for very long (22 minutes, exactly 10 minute miles), I didn’t feel very rushed on my lunch break. Weather cooperating I see myself adding in more lunch time runs like this in the future.

I need to foam roll. Jacob’s been awesome about giving me massages to help keep headaches away and because I get sore, but my back and legs/glutes definitely need some foam roll action. It’s on the agenda tonight.  Someone hold me to it!


What I’m eating

I’ve been keeping meals super easy lately.  Maybe that’s why you haven’t seen as many meals here is because they aren’t too exciting.  Simple and quick is the way I’ve been going.  I made a huge batch (4x!) of my whole wheat buttermilk pancakes for breakfasts this week.  We have a lot of buttermilk in our house so I’m trying to use it up.  Dinners have been a mix between spaghetti, a new quiche recipe I will share soon, taco salad and quinoa, salmon and brussel sprout salad.  Lunches are just left overs + some extra veggies usually.

Snack have included a lot more cheese and plain greek yogurt (sweetened up with honey + fruit).  I love that pregnancy got rid of my lactose intolerance.  No more issues here!  For a while there earlier on in my pregnancy yogurt sounded so disgusting, but I’m happy to report I love it again!

Oh and a staple every night?  Handfuls of dark chocolate chips.  I love it for 2 reason: 1) dark chocolate (I’m talking 80-90%) tastes amazing and 2) Hunter loves the chocolate!  Okay, it’s probably the caffeine in there, but he always kicks and moves a lot more after I eat chocolate.


Getting ready for baby

Just like I wanted to this past weekend, we started registering!  We’re planning to register at 2 stores – Cotton Babies (for cloth diapers) and Babies R Us (for everything else).  Cotton Babies was a breeze.  We were in and out in less than 1 hour.  It definitely helped out that we went to a cloth diapering class a few weeks earlier.

During the Superbowl on Sunday I set up our registry for Babies R Us online and added a few things.  I’m hoping we can go there for a little bit this weekend and add more to it.  That’s going to be a big one for sure taking much longer than 1 hour.


24 week check up

On Friday we had our 24 week midwife appointment.  At 20 weeks they started measuring my belly to make sure I am growing on track.  Then I was at 20 cm (right on track), and at 24 weeks I was at 24 cm (right on track again).

We got to hear little Hunter’s heart beat and I picked out my flavor of choice for my glucose test juice (aka diabetes screening) for my 28 week appointment.  I rolled with orange… so can’t wait to chug that stuff! HA!

We also got info on pre-term labor.  It’s crazy to think that I’m already at the stage where women can go into labor early.  Luckily I’ve had no signs or symptoms of anything like that going on.

Random bits

  • How far along: 25 weeks, 1 day
  • Total weight gained: 22 pounds (up 2.5 lb from last week… must be those chocolate chips 😉 )
  • Checked off February’s to-do list: Cotton Babies registry
  • (Hopefully) to-do this weekend: Babies R Us registry and pick out paints for the nursery mural
  • I bought the top I’m wearing above on our honey moon in Victoria, it was a little big (but a steal at $2!), but I thought it would be perfect for when I was pregnant – I was right!

Question: Glider, recliner or rocking chair for the nursery?  We’re leaning towards a glider, but I’d love to hear what worked for you!

Hope you have a wonderful Thursday!



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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes February 9, 2012 - 7:45 am

Looking great girly! Can’t wait for those recipes 🙂

Erica February 9, 2012 - 8:23 am

I have a glider, but I wish I had a recliner. I ended up sleeping in the recliner in our bedroom for the first couple weeks with Kay. She wouldn’t sleep by herself! You look fab. So jealous your belly button is staying in! Mine popped out like right away

Get Healthy with Heather February 9, 2012 - 8:35 am

Staying in? Haha, I feel like it sure is popping out! Thanks for the recliner info, they sure are comfy 🙂

Kris | iheartwellness.com February 9, 2012 - 9:10 am

You my gorgeous friend look amazing!!!!! I love that your lactose intolerance went away too! Look how much more fun things you can eat 🙂 LOVE IT!!


Get Healthy with Heather February 10, 2012 - 5:14 am

It sure is a relief not trying to try to stay away from it!

Noelle (@singerinkitchen) February 9, 2012 - 10:30 am

Thanks for stopping by! Love your blog. Congrats on your pregnancy. I love to hear new stories. Adding you to my mommy blog list! 🙂

Get Healthy with Heather February 10, 2012 - 5:14 am

Thank YOU for stopping by too 🙂

ErikaMC February 9, 2012 - 1:00 pm

Registrying is a bit overwhelming! We registered at Babies R Us too and that’s where we got our glider/recliner. It does both and has an ottoman that you can have glide or be stationary and also has a footrest that is great for nursing. I highly recommend the glider/recliner combo chair!

Get Healthy with Heather February 10, 2012 - 5:15 am

Hmmm I like the sound of a combo

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers February 9, 2012 - 3:15 pm

Wow your getting big! I really do give you credit for keeping up on the exercising!!

Get Healthy with Heather February 10, 2012 - 5:15 am

Haha, I know right?!

Amy@ahealthyandhappyheart February 9, 2012 - 4:45 pm

I was going to ask you where you got that shirt!..I love it 🙂 I have no baby experience yet, but we registered for a glider, recliner combo at Babies R Us.

Lyka Ricks February 10, 2012 - 2:56 am

You’re a beautiful and energetic pregg, surely baby would be too cute! I’m impressed on your busy teaching schedules.I go for recliners.

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers February 10, 2012 - 4:33 am

Good morning! I wanted to tell you I gave you the Liebster Award today on my blog! You know I read your blog and comment everyday, I love it!!

Savannah February 10, 2012 - 8:54 am

I love reading all your posts fun to see the journey thats going on in other prego women 🙂 I didn’t get a glider with my first and am definitely investing in a glider/rocker combo i think its definitely worth it . My big dilemma is whether to have it go in the nursery or not because thats super great when you have a quick 2 a.m. feeding but all the other times you may want to watch tv or when the hubby helps he’s not going to want to sit in a quiet nursery that’s for sure lol! 🙂

Get Healthy with Heather February 11, 2012 - 8:07 am

I didn’t even think about where to put the glider! My original plan was nursery because it’d be very convenient for those middle of the night feedings… plus we have a space for it in there. I’ll need to find something comfy for the living room too!

How have you been feeling?

Savannah February 11, 2012 - 8:30 am

YES the more comfy areas you can land around the house the better lol 🙂 I’ve been feeling good. The first trimester was a little rough here and there but i’ve been doing much better these past weeks. Starting to get some of that round ligament pain here and there but not too bad.

Get Healthy with Heather February 11, 2012 - 8:40 am

Glad you’re doing good! I’ve read about round ligament pain… where do you feel that/what is it like?

Savannah February 11, 2012 - 9:06 am

It’s kind of out by your hips or up and down sides sometimes it can hit a little lower. Its like a sharp twinge of pain that last a few seconds or longer then fades out. Since the baby and uterus gets bigger its pulling on your ligaments and stretching them so that’s what your feeling when it happens. Oh the more joys of pregnancy 🙂 BUT all so worth it in the end!

Bonnie February 10, 2012 - 11:12 am

Heather! You are looking so great! Beautiful and fit during your pregnancy. I haven’t been on blogs too much lately so it was great to read your post. No kids so nothing to offer in terms of rocking chair or glider, but thanks for keeping us updated with life and pregnancy and fitness – great to hear for the possible future of kids for us!

…off to catch up on more of your posts now. 🙂 It’s been too long! Happy weekend!

Get Healthy with Heather February 11, 2012 - 8:05 am

Hey Bonnie! So good to hear from you. I haven’t made it around to blogs as much either lately but it was good to catch up with yours! Hope you have a fun weekend on the mountain!

Nicole, RD February 10, 2012 - 11:36 am

Your comment about the exercise makes a ton of sense. If gives me energy when I’m tired, it’s no surprise that pregnancy is any different. You look wonderful, Heather!!

Get Healthy with Heather February 11, 2012 - 8:04 am

Yup, it’s probably even more important to keep energy up the entire time for the ‘big event’!

Kristen (swanky dietitian) February 10, 2012 - 6:56 pm

You are amazing! I can’t imagine doing 2 body pump classes in one day! Do you end up doing less weight since you are doing two? Just curious.

Get Healthy with Heather February 11, 2012 - 8:02 am

I kept my weights the same. Since I was already pregnant when I started teaching Body Pump last fall I haven’t lifted as heavy as I am able to, so doing the same weights twice in one day is doable…. challenging, but doable 🙂

LizAshlee February 11, 2012 - 7:33 am

I am so happy for you!! You & baby look beautiful!! 🙂

Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) February 16, 2012 - 3:03 am

Just found your blog! I am also pregnant – 28 weeks 6 days! So fun. Excited to read more about you and your pregnancy. 🙂


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